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Do not Feel Shame on Shameful Performance And U Tun on Promises
مجموعی حکومتی قرضے 2500 ارب اضافے کے بعد 35 ہزار 207 ارب روپے ہوگئےآصف علی بھٹی
قومی اقتصادی سروے رپورٹ کے مطابق مالی سال 20-2019 کے پہلے 9 ماہ میں حکومتی قرضے 2500 ارب روپے بڑھنےکا انکشاف ہوا ہے اور مجموعی حکومتی قرضے 35 ہزار 207 ارب روپے ہوگئے ہیں۔
قومی اقتصادی سروے رپورٹ کے مطابق مارچ 2020ء تک مقامی حکومتی قرضے 22 ہزار 478 ارب روپے ہوگئے جب کہ اسی دوران غیر ملکی قرضے 12 ہزار 729 ارب روپے بڑھے۔
رپورٹ کے مطابق رواں مالی سال حکومت کے مقامی قرضوں میں ایک ہزار 746 ارب روپے اضافہ ہوا ہے جب کہ رواں مالی سال حکومت کے غیر ملکی قرضوں میں 753 ارب روپے کا اضافہ ہوا
Pakistan has witnessed a number of unsuccessful and incompetent governments but it seems the current regime will set a new and higher standard. The tall claims of the Kaptaan have turned out to be nothing but a mirage.
Soon after coming into power, the party started exposing the luxuries enjoyed by former PM Nawaz Sharif and his family. The PM House was opened and, from buffaloes to VIP cars, everything was on exhibition. This almost led to the impression that Khan would move into a five-marla house, riding a bike to the PM's office to perform his official duty. The gullible imagined that their ministers would now give up expensive and luxury cars and vacatw fully furnished ministers’ colonies, chief minister houses, governor houses and parliament lodges. This was also the time when people were entertained with ludicrous claims about the fuel price of the helicopter used by the PM to visit Bani Gala.
The PM House still stands where it used to. Other palatial houses occupied by chief ministers, governors and ministers are also right where they were. More lavish cars and vehicles have been added to the imperial caravans of the prime minister, his brigade of the ministers and advisers as well as a myriad of chairmen of various useless task forces whose sole job is to do nothing.
The much-vaunted ‘Western’ democracy has been turned into a mockery with principles of transparency, freedom of press and accountability having been torn to shreds. Critics argue that Khan acts like an autocrat, making life difficult for those who do not please him. The media remains a target and the incarceration of Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is a glaring example of it.
This speaks volumes about the ‘respect’ accorded to freedom of the press. The solemn promise of accountability has also evaporated in thin air after the sugar report.
Khan tried to woo the support of working class people by pointing out the gross anomalies in our justice system and political structure, which according to Khan, benefits only oligarchs. But his time in power so far has witnessed police brutalities – not only in Punjab where the Sharifs ruled in the past but in the most perfect province of Khyber Pakhtunkhawa as well. The justice system of the country continues to help the powerful instead of the oppressed. One of the ways to improve it would have been to allocate more funds for hiring judges and prosecutors in lower courts. Simple reforms in the police could also have been instrumental in stamping out these injustices but Khan’s government, which allegedly lavished money on the Tiger Force and a social media team to counter criticism, chose not to allocate sufficient funds for this purpose.
Skyrocketing inflation and bailout packages to rich businessmen created skepticism among PTI supporters, which was further solidified when the government recently made a callous decision terminating over 9000 workers of the Pakistan Steel Mills.
Now, they seem to be of the opinion that all political parties here are serving vested interests. All declare the panacea of privatization, liberalization and deregulation to be good for the well-being of the country while in reality it proves to be catastrophic for working people. All do the bidding of big businesses, ignoring the interests of the common citizen. One may lambast Khan for introducing an amnesty scheme to whiten black money but people wonder which leader has to date not announced such schemes in the past. One may criticise Khan’s policy of doling out stimulus packages on industrial tycoons but which government did not come up with such packages in the past?
Governments are only out of money when it comes to helping poor people. For instance, there is no money for over 60 million people living below the poverty line; no funds for over 60 percent people living without a concrete roof; no relief for those over 80 percent hapless souls that do not have access to cleandrinking water, no succour for more than 40 percent children with stunted growth and the over 20 million children that are out of school.
It is disappointing to see that our parliamentarians are talking about a raise in their salaries and perks and privileges while thousands of our doctors, nurses, paramedical staff and general public are facing the specter of death at the hands of the coronavirus pandemic that has already affected over 100,000 Pakistanis besides claiming more than 2000 lives.
People wonder as to why all miseries and hardships are for them. Why are they chased like criminals if they secured a few thousands rupees of loans while those 273 individuals who embezzled tons of money were never caught? They fail to understand why a common man can be arrested for merely violating a pillion riding ban, ending up in jail or getting released after greasing some palms while the elite have managed to escape in their own private jets in broad daylight and nobody bothers to take any notice. They are at pain to see that the parliament that carries out legislation does not have even a single man or woman from the bottom layer of our social stratification.
The government’s attempt or non-attempt to arrest the spread of Covid-19 appears to have worsened the problem. During the tenures of other governments, people lost the right to housing, education and health but under the present government they fear that they might even lose the right to live as the pernicious tentacles of the coronavirus are likely to engulf the entire country.
Empirical evidence suggests that the virus has hit the poor hard because of the elitist policy of various states. People might ignore other blunders but if the government fails to save precious human lives and if fatalities occur on a large scale, the infamy would become a legend.
American filmmaker Cynthia Ritchie told me that Pakistan PM Imran Khan wanted to have sex with her’: Pakistani TV host
- OpIndia Staff | 6 June, 2020
Cynthia Ritchie, Imran Khan
Pakistani TV Host Ali Saleem who is popularly known as Begum Nawazish Ali has revealed that American filmmaker Cynthia Dawn Ritchie had told him that Imran Khan liked her and offered to have sexual intercourse with her. He revealed that he was so close to her that they shared rooms for several days.
During staying together, they had become very close and Imran Khan got very much attracted to her. As a result, he had proposed her to have sex with her, Nawazish Ali claimed as Cynthia telling him.
While speaking to a Pakistani Journalist, Ali Saleem said that Cynthia never talked to him about being raped by Rehman Malik. He said, “If she was so close to me that she told me about Imran Khan’s offer to have sex with her then she could have talked about the rape she had gone through at the hands of the Rehman Malik.”
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Pakistan Federal Budget
On the fiscal side, there were significant improvements in all major indicators and the trend continued till March 2020, implying that the fiscal consolidation was on track.
The primary balance had witnessed a remarkable turnaround as it had posted a surplus of Rs193.5 billion during July-March FY2020 against a deficit of Rs463.3 billion last year.
He said that the government had repaid around Rs5,000 billion loans and was successful in reducing its expenditures, while no ministry or division was provided supplementary grant.
During this period, he added, the government even did not borrow a single penny during this period from State Bank of Pakistan. In addition the revenues had also witnessed significant growth of 17 percent whereas there was also significant growth in non-tax revenues.
KABUL: Afghan authorities are opening prison doors for thousands of Taliban inmates in a high-risk gambit to ensure the insurgent group begins peace talks with Kabul.
Security concerns are mounting as several of the newly liberated fighters say they are ready to resume their holy war.
“If the Americans do not pull out, we will continue our jihad, because they have killed many Afghans in their operations,” said Mohamed Daud, who was freed from Bagram jail north of Kabul last month.
“We do not want foreign forces in our country anymore,” he said, dressed in a traditional shalwar kameez, before taking a taxi back to his village with a cash handout from authorities worth $65.
KARACHI: Pakistan’s newly appointed batting coach Younis Khan, though refusing to make long-term commitment about his future with Pakistan cricket, on Wednesday pledged to make solid contributions to the national side for its tour of England in July.
Addressing a Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) video media conference, Younis termed the challenges of playing cricket during the novel corona virus (Covid-19) pandemic as the biggest mental test for the individuals involved across the globe.
Younis revealed he was approached by the PCB chief executive Wasim Khan on June 2 with the offer to join the Pakistan team as the batting consultant for the tour of England.
“Obviously I didn’t straightaway say yes because of my involvement in charity work to raise funds for the underprivileged, something which I have been doing extensively in the last couple of years after the end of my career as player. The [charity] work involved lot of overseas travelling and hardly left room to do anything else, let alone take up coaching as a full time profession.
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A fight against COVID 19
It's a international health emergency, a pandemic, we all are trying hard to fight against it. At Sanjeevani hospital NTPC Singrauli, we are holding awareness session for our contact workers, our sanitary workers and health workers. We have developed isolation wards and taking all necessary steps to safeguard our folks.
Home Quarantine , thermal screening at gates, video conferencing with Apollo doctors, training by VC, holding mock drills, running respiratory clinic.
Despite of being in remote location and with limited resources we are trying our best to contain this pandemic. We are having motivation and support of our management and continuous guidance from our Corporate cell. Corporate medical cell has gone extra miles to provide us with all necessary materials like PPE kits, developing SOPs for our various processes and coordinating informative webinars for health workers.
We are country's biggest power producers, hence need to be extra vigilant because ' if we stop , the country stops' .
A special mention of our Power engineers who are disposing their duties with utmost sincerity even in this crisis.
May God have mercy on us soon.
President Buhari's Wife, Aisha, Confirms SaharaReporters' Story, Tells IGP To Release ADC, Others Detained On Orders Of Husband's Personal Assistant
Aisha Buhari, wife of Nigeria's President, Muhammadu Buhari, has asked the Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to release her security staff in detention on the orders of her husband's Personal Assistant, Sabiu ‘Tunde’ Yusuf, to avoid putting their lives in danger as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
SaharaReporters had exclusively reported how Yusuf ordered the detention of Aisha’s Aide De Camp, Usman Shugaba, Escort Commander and other policemen attached to her after they forced him to leave the Presidential Villa for refusing to go on a 14-day self-isolation after a private trip to Lagos.
Confirming the development on Friday, Mrs Buhari called on all relevant government agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by the President and ensure that no one was found violating the law.
She said, “That COVID-19 is real and still very much around in our nation is not in doubt. Consequently, I call on all relevant government agencies to enforce the Quarantine Act signed by Mr President and ensure no one is found violating this law and the NCDC guidelines especially on interstate travel without the necessary exemptions for movement of essentials.
“Anyone who does that should at the very least be made to undergo a 14-day mandatory isolation no matter who the person is. No one should be above the law and the police command will do well to remember that.
“Finally, I call on the IGP to release my assigned staff still in the custody of the police in order to avoid putting their lives in danger or exposure to COVID-19 while in their custody.”
SaharaReporters further gathered that Mrs Bihari had driven Yusuf out of the Presidential Villa and insisted that he observe the 14-day isolation period before returning.
Recall that the First Lady also stood her grounds when some Presidency aides flouted the NCDC guidelines while attending the burial of President Buhari's late Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, in Abuja recently.
Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Buhari, was among those sent away from the Villa by the First Lady for breaching the Coronavirus rule.
FLASHBACK: MKO Abiola's Full Speech Which Led To His Arrest By Nigeria’s Late Military Dictator, Sani Abacha
Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola, the adjudged winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election in Nigeria, which was annulled, travelled out of the country to rally international support and reclaim his mandate.
Upon his return, he declared himself as President of Nigeria while military dictator Sani Abacha, was in power.
His declaration dubbed the ‘Epetedo Proclamation' on June 11, 1994 led to his arrest, detention and eventual death.
“People of Nigeria, exactly one year ago, you turned out in your millions to vote for me, Chief M.K.O. Abiola, as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. But politicians in uniform, who call themselves soldiers but are more devious than any civilian would want to be, deprived you of your God-given right to be ruled by the President you had yourselves elected.
“These soldier-politicians introduced into our body politic, a concept hitherto unknown to our political lexicography, something strangely called the “annulment” of an election perceived by all to have been the fairest, cleanest and most peaceful ever held in our nation.
“Since that abominable act of naked political armed robbery occurred, I have been constantly urged by people of goodwill, both in Nigeria and abroad, to put the matter back into the people’s hands and get them to actualise the mandate they gave me at the polls. But mindful of the need to ensure that peace continues to reign in our fragile federation, I have so far tried to pursue sweet reason and negotiation.
“My hope has always been to arouse whatever remnants of patriotism are left in the hearts of these thieves of your mandate, and to persuade them that they should not allow their personal desire to rule to usher our beloved country into an era of political instability and economic ruin.
“All I have sought to do, in seeking dialogue with them, has been to try and get them to realise that only real democracy can move our nation forward towards progress, and earn her the respect she deserves from the international community.
“However, although this peaceful approach has exposed me to severe censure by some who have mistaken it for weakness on my part, those with whom I have sought to dialogue have remained like stones, neither stirred to show loyalty to the collective decision of the people of their own country, nor to observe Allah’s injunction that they should exhibit justice and fair-play in all their dealings with their fellowmen.
“Appeals to their honour as officers and gentlemen of the gallant Nigerian Armed Forces, have fallen on deaf ears. Instead, they have resorted to the tactics of divide and rule, bribery and political perfidy, misinformation and (vile) propaganda. They arrest everyone who disagrees with them. Even the 71-year old hero of our nation, Chief Anthony Enahoro, was not spared. How much longer can we tolerate all this? People of Nigeria, you are all witnesses that I have tried to climb the highest mountain, cross the deepest river and walk the longest mile, in order to get these men to obey the will of our people.
“There is no humiliation I have not endured, no snare that has not been put in my path, no “setup” that has not been designed for me in my endeavour to use the path of peace to enforce the mandate that you bestowed on me one year ago. It has been a long night. But the dawn is here.
“Today, people of Nigeria, I join you all in saying, “Enough is Enough!” We have endured 24 years of military rule in our 34 years of independence.
“Military rule has led to our nation fighting a civil war with itself. Military rule has destabilised our nation today as not before in its history. Military rule has impoverished our people and introduced a dreadful trade in drugs which has made our country’s name an anathema in many parts of the world. Even soccer fans going to watch the Green Eagles display in America are being made to suffer there needlessly because Nigeria’s name is linked with credit card and fraud and “419.” Politically, military rule has torn to shreds the prestige due to our country because of its size and population.
“The permanent seat at the United Nations Security Council that should be rightfully ours, is all but lost. For who will vote for Nigeria to get the seat if Nigerian military rulers do not respect the votes of their own people?
“Enough of military rule. We are sickened to see people who have shown little or no personal achievement, either in building up private businesses, or making success of any tangible thing, being placed in charge of the management of our nation’s economy, by rulers who are not accountable to anyone.
“Enough of square pegs in round holes. We are tired of then military repetitive tendency to experiment with our economy: Today, they say “no controls.” Tomorrow; they say “Full controls”. The day after, they say “Fine tuning”.
“The next day, they say “Devaluation.” A few days later, they say “Revalue the same naira upwards again Abi?” All we can see are the consequences of this permanent game of military “about turns;” high inflation, a huge budget deficit and an enormous foreign debt repayment burden, dying industries, high unemployment and a demoralised populace.
“Our youths, in particular, can see no hope on the horizon, and many can only dream of escaping from our shores to join the brain drain. Is this the Nigeria we want? We are plagued also by periodic balance of payments crises, which have led to a perennial shortage of essential drugs, that has turned our hospitals and clinics into mortuaries.
“A scarcity of books and equipment has rendered our schools into desolate deserts of ignorance. Our factories are crying for machinery, spare parts and raw materials. But each day that passes, instead of these economic diseases being cured, they are rather strengthened as an irrational allocation of foreign exchange based on favouritism and corruption becomes the order of the day.
“Enough is enough of economic mismanagement! People of Nigeria, during the election campaign last year, I presented you with a programme entitled “HOPE ’93. This programme was aimed precisely at solving these economic (problems) that have demoralised us all. I toured every part of Nigeria to present this programme to you the electorate. I was questioned on it at public rallies and press conferences and I had the privilege of incorporating much of the feedback that I obtained from the people.
“Because you knew I would not only listen to you but deliver superb results from the programme, you voted for me in your millions and gave me an overwhelming majority over my opponent. To be precise, you gave me 58.4 per cent of the popular vote and a majority in 20 out of 30 states plus the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Not only that, you also enabled me to fulfil the constitutional requirement that the winner should obtain one-third of the votes in two-thirds of the states.
“I am sure that when you cast an eye on the moribund state of Nigeria today, you ask yourselves: “What have we done to deserve this, when we have a president- elect who can lead a government that can change things for the better? Our patience has come to an end.
“As of now, from this moment, a new Government of National Unity is in power throughout the length and breadth of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, led by me, Bashorun M.K.O. Abiola, as President and Commander-in-Chief. The National Assembly is hereby reconvened. All dismissed governors are reinstated.
“The State Assemblies are reconstituted, as are all local government councils. I urge them to adopt a bi-partisan approach to all the issues that come before them. At the national level, a bi-partisan approach will be our guiding principle. I call upon the usurper, General Sani Abacha, to announce his resignation forthwith, together with the rest of his illegal ruling council. We are prepared to enter into negotiations with them to work out the mechanics for a smooth transfer of power.
“I pledge that if they hand over quietly, they will be retired with all their entitlements, and their positions will be accorded all the respect due to them. For our objective is neither recrimination nor witch-hunting, but an enforcement of the will of the Nigerian people, as expressed in free elections conducted by the duly constituted authority of the time.
“I hereby invoke the mandate bestowed upon me by my victory in the said election, to call on all members of the Armed Forces and the Police, the Civil and Public Services throughout the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to obey only the Government of National Unity that is headed by me, your only elected President.
“My Government of National Unity is the only legitimate, constituted authority in the Federal Republic of Nigeria, as of now. People of Nigeria, these are challenging times in the history of our continent, Africa, and we in Nigeria must not allow ourselves to be left behind. Our struggle is the same as that waged by the people of South Africa, which has been successfully concluded, with the inauguration of Mr. Nelson Mandela as the first African President of that country.
“Nelson Mandela fought to replace MINORITY rule with MAJORITY rule. We in Nigeria are also fighting to replace MINORITY rule, for we are ruled by only a tiny section of our armed forces. Like the South Africans, we want MAJORITY rule today, that is rule only by those chosen by all the people of Nigeria as a whole in free and fair elections.
“The only difference between South Africa and Nigeria is that those who imposed minority rule on the majority rule whether it is by black or white, remains minority rule, and must be booted out. I call on you, heroic people of Nigeria, to emulate the actions of your brothers and sisters in South Africa and stand up as one person to throw away the yoke of minority rule for ever.
“The antics of every minority that oppresses the majority are always the same. They will try to intimidate you with threats of police action. But do not let us fear arrest. In South Africa, so many people were arrested, during the campaign against the Pass Laws, for instance, that the jails could not hold all of them. Today, apartheid is gone forever.
“So, let it be with Nigeria. Let us say goodbye forever to minority rule by the military. They talk of treason. But haven’t they heard of the Rivonia treason trial in South Africa? Did those treason trials halt the march of history? People of Nigeria, our time is now. You are the repository of power in the land.
“No one can give you power. It is yours. Take it! From this day, show to the world that anyone who takes the people of Nigeria for fools is deceiving himself and will have the people to answer to. God bless you all. Long live the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Long live the Government of National Unity.”